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The Tutelage of John
Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs The season of Christmas concludes, not by packing up the ornaments or undecking the halls or dragging the tree out to the curb, but rather by showing up at the river.  At the Jordan, John the Baptizer is encircled by aristocrats who skipped their tee times in Jerusalem, Galilean farmers...
Shameless
Without Shame Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 1/6/18 Luke doesn’t want any distractions.  In his Gospel, the birth of Jesus doesn’t include a supernova exploding in the sky, a shining star high in the east that might keep us staring at the cosmos.  There’s no exotic magi, strange astrologers from even stranger lands that excite...
Luke 3: 7-18   What Then Shall We Do?
Luke 3: 7-18   What Then Shall We Do? Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 12/16/18 I think it’s safe to say that John the Baptist does not really get the Christmas spirit, or at least the Christmas spirit as we have come to think about it.  It’s the 3rd week of Advent, the week before we...
You Gotta Serve Somebody
You Gotta Serve Somebody, Mark 10: 35-40 Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 10/21/18   This is my favorite Bob Dylan song. Join with me on the chorus: “You may be a State Trooper, you might be a young Turk. You may be the head of some big TV network. You may be rich or poor,...
Without Recognition
Without Recognition Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 10/14/18 By the time we get to chapter 17 of Luke’s Gospel, it has been a long time since the disciples dropped their fishing nets to follow Jesus.  They are no longer new converts fresh out of employee training.  After years of service, they have heard all the...
Judgmental Jesus
Judgmental Jesus Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 9/30/18   According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, there are six blocks of Christianity: Independents, Protestants, Marginals, Orthodox, Catholics and Anglicans.  Spanning 238 different countries in total, they compose over 33,000 different denominations. Likely, the first denomination began in the 9th chapter of Mark’s gospel.  The disciples are...
Growing Younger  Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 9/23/18 Ministry was not going well for the disciples.  With their efforts thwarted, their attempts frustrated, their labors futile, they no longer felt celebrated for their good deeds.  Without the pats on the back and their names in the paper, the disciples turned to infighting, jockeying for position...
Burned Out Savior
Burned Out Savior Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 9/9/18 Jesus Christ is not his first and last name.  Instead, affirming him as both Son of God and Son of Man simultaneously, he is a comingling of divinity and humanity.  But when it comes to Christology, or the study of Christ, the Church’s scholarship has focused...
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